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CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Man Accused of Making Threats Against Riverside Mosque

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 01/14/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed the arrest of a man accused of making threats against a mosque in Riverside and assaulting a security guard.

According to the Riverside Press Enterprise, Christopher Bonaminio, 40, was arrested on Friday, Jan. 10 near the Islamic Center of Riverside.

The Riverside Police Department responded to a call at about 1:40 p.m. that a male suspect was causing a disturbance at the location and making derogatory statements toward the Muslim community. When security attempted to get him to leave, the suspect threw a drink at the guard and tore down a banner.

Bonaminio was arrested nearby on misdemeanor charges of assault, violation of civil rights, vandalism in the court of violating civil rights and trespassing.

In 2019, he was charged with violating civil rights by force, making criminal threats, brandishing a weapon and trespassing in an unrelated matter. 

SEE: Man accused of making threats against Riverside mosque

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“We are grateful no one was injured in this incident and appreciate the professional response of the Riverside Police Department. As anti-Muslim hate has increased over the past few years, we have warned against the danger of how normalizing hate speech can lead to hate threats and hate attacks, especially at places of worship.”

Ayloush urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-LA's Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177 or by filing a report at:

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or

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